May 4, 2005
For more information, contact: Kimberly Stark (901) 333-4023 or (901)
A C Wharton Jr. to speak at
Southwest Commencement Exercises
At the 2005 commencement of Southwest Tennessee Community College,
Shelby County Mayor, A C Wharton Jr. will be the honored speaker. The
Commencement Ceremony will take place at The Pyramid on May 13, 2005 at
10: 30 a.m.
For more than two decades a public servant, Wharton began his service in
1980 when he was appointed County Public Defender. From the beginning,
he viewed his role through a wider lens, as one responsible for the
future of clients as productive members of his community.
With education as a central focus, he coordinated with Habitat for
Humanity to establish a system of opportunity that included design and
implementation of Tennessee’s first program to train prisoners in the
building trades. In addition, he was instrumental in developing and
maintaining support for Building for the Future, an award-winning
program that trains inmates to build low-cost housing.
Mayor Wharton has consistently involved himself in education. A graduate
of Tennessee State University and the University of Mississippi Law
School, he was the first African American professor of law at “Ole
Miss,” serving as adjunct faculty there for 25 years. He has served as
chairman of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, among other board
memberships and offices. One of his first challenges as mayor was the
overhaul of the county’s Head Start Program.
It is with great anticipation that the Southwest Graduating Class of
2005 enlists Mayor Wharton as their commencement speaker.